Lone Grazer Creamery’s Hansom Cab, Minnesota

by mncheese on April 4, 2016

in American-Midwest,Cheese!,Cow,Milk

Lone Grazer Hansom Cab cheese | CheeseandChampagne.com

So it’s been a long time. How long, you might ask, since I posted? Well, so long that a new cheesemaker in town has opened its creamery doors and developed not one, but three signature cheeses. My excuse? I now have not one, but three signature children. It’s been a bit busy.

But bygones – I’m here again, with a brand-new computer that can handle oodles of cheese photos, and I’m going to make up for lost time. And there’s no better place to start than a few miles away, where the Lone Grazer Creamery is upping Minnesota’s urban cheesemaking game.

Founded by Kieran Folliard, a local restaurateur and spirits producer, and led by Faribault Creamery veteran Rueben Nilsson, the Lone Grazer started sharing its first-rate cheese curds early last year. Since then, the creamery has introduced three aged cheeses, and the first one I tasted was Hansom Cab, a pudge of a cheese washed in Folliard’s 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey and tea. Not the first combination I’d dream up, but to Nilsson’s credit, it works.

Hansom Cab | Lone Grazer Creamery | CheeseandChampagne.com

The craggy, orange-hued rind looks as if it skates the border between edible and hmm…, but you need to eat it to get the full flower of the whiskey/tea combination. The sweet, grassy flavor seeps into the semi-firm paste, but its oomph is in the rind. The interior has a distinctive meaty characteristic, but it’s milder than strong stinkers like Red Hawk.

The gentler aroma makes Hansom Cab office-lunch-friendly – my suggestion would be to layer several slices between a light-grain bread, sweet chutney or quince jelly and the crunch of mild apple. Of course, if you’re lunching at home, add a tipple of whiskey. We won’t tell.


Annette April 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I’m ecstatic to see these back! I follow by RSS and could never get myself to take C&C off my list of blogs despite the long silences.

Being in the Bay area, your reviews + recommendations were usually easy enough to find and expand my list of favorites. Can’t wait to see more!

mncheese April 4, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Thanks, Annette, for hanging in there with us! There definitely are more cheese recs coming your way soon.

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